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Wisdom of the Body

Jun 24, 2022

Listen to Dr. Saloni Sharma, author of The Pain Solution, explain to Heather how to reduce the need for pain medications and how pain, like fertility issues, can disrupt the vision we have for our lives. Learn what you can do before a surgery to reduce pain and opioid use after a surgery, and why alternative treatments for pain are a win over conventional medicine in the long run. Dr. Sharma’s advice is useful for anyone experiencing pain or caregiving for a family member in pain. 


Heather and Saloni discuss:

  • How to manage pain without opioids
  • Why pain is so difficult to measure and treat
  • How mindfulness exercises, sleep hygiene, and dietary changes can impact your pain levels
  • How complementary medicines treat pain differently than conventional medicine
  • The 5 ways to treat pain in conventional medicine - lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medications, injections, surgery - and why people don’t focus on the less invasive methods enough
  • Why we need to look at the whole person when treating pain
  • How you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with and what that has to do with your health and resiliency
  • How simple, little tweaks can make a big difference
  • Pain is a signal that something is wrong in your body
  • Why activating the sympathetic nervous system from pain can impact your blood pressure and your whole body
  • 5 steps where you can focus on microboosts to improve your pain: Refuel, Revitalize, Recharge, Refresh and Relate
  • How your relationships can affect pain levels
  • Whether Rumi’s words are true, “The cure for pain is in the pain”, and whether pain is a teacher
  • Why pain can be a path to healing
  • How loved ones being in pain impacts friends and family members too
  • Whether using a substance like CBD, cannabis, THC and medical marijuana for pain is a viable option

Saloni Sharma, MD, LAc, is double board-certified in pain management and rehabilitation medicine. She is the medical director and founder of the Orthopaedic Integrative Health Center at Rothman Orthopaedics and has treated thousands of patients. She is also cochair of Pain Management and Spine Rehabilitation for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. A popular speaker at Google and an award-winning clinical assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, she lives near Philadelphia.

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she teaches the Regenerative Fertility Method to support future generations worldwide. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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